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Lagos, located in the Algarve region in southern Portugal, is one of the nicest towns around. It is equally suitable for nature lovers, history buffs, and party animals. Nature lovers are likely to appreciate the town's dramatic coastline with its steep brown, orange, and grey colored cliffs inhabited by wild birds and fragrant plants.
If swimming among the cliffs is not your thing, then you may be attracted by the town's long history, going back more than 2000 years. Lagos flourished into a significant port during During the Age of Discovery when it served as a base for famous sea explorers and tradesmen. Infamously, Lagos also was a major slave market from which African captives were dispersed throughout Europe and shipped to the New World.
Nowadays, Lagos hostels are often full as it is one of the most visited Algarvean towns, particularly by young English-speaking backpackers. While those favoring package holidays head for the neighboring towns of Portimão and Luz, the wilder crowds go for Lagos.
The town center is full of restaurants, hostels, bars, and nightclubs, many owned by the internationals. You are more likely to hear English than Portuguese in the streets of Lagos old town during the summer months. Offices offering various excursions, e.g. dolphin watching, scuba diving courses, car, and motorbike rentals are scattered around the town. You can also ask about activities at your Lagos hostel front desk.
The Lagos nightlife is legendary. One can dance, party, and pub crawl till sunrise the next morning. Many Lagos hostels describe themselves as "party hostels," so you can expect a certain rhythm of life if you decide to book a bed there.
In general, Lagos is an extremely welcoming town for all sorts of independent visitors. Although old enough to shame many serious European cities, Lagos maintains its youthful fun-loving attitude, and, despite all that drinking and partying every single night of the summer, keeps itself fresh and beautiful.
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HI - Lagos Hostel
"HI - Lagos Hostel (also called Pousada de Juventude de Lagos) is your low-cost choice for spending some time on the wonderful beaches of the Algarve. The laid-back setting will make you never want to leave Lagos! HI membership is officially required, but staff are not picky about it. The Location The hostel is conveniently located in the old town of Lagos. It is a twenty-minute walk from the bus and train stations, and about ten minutes...
Quartos Olinda Teresa
"Wouldn't recommend if you are wanting to have more party atmosphere - The actual accommodation is alright however the owner is very strict I would not recommend this place if you are wanting to have a few drinks with other guests. The wifi only works outside and cuts in and out all the time." … "… in the many bars, and taste some of the best cuisine flavours of the world. A place where you can spend a great time... Located in...
Rising Cock Party Hostel
"Rising Cock Youth Hostel is a really great place to stay -- as long as you can get the room you asked for. The owners of this hostel are really nice and wonderful people, which means they let people stay for more nights than they originally planned (and since the hostel is really great, many people want to stay longer). The problem with this is that they don´t take into account overbooking, which means you might not get the room you asked...
Carlos House Hostel
"I was there at the end of June 2005 and I had a great time there. The owners make everyone feel like they're at home and they arrange barbecues and other fun. The atmosphere is great and all the guests hang out with each over on the roof terrace in the evenings. I met some really nice people there. No doubt it's the best hostel in Portugal. You have to go there!! And to Carlos and Arthur, thanks for everything!" … "This was the best...
"… since the middle 80's. It is located in a quiet area, 5 minutes from the city center and close to the beaches. It is very close to the bus station, and not far from the train station too. We are always evolving to serve our guests the best we can. We are open all year year long, 24 hours a day. All rooms have private bathroom, cable tv and air conditioning. Our rates include breakfast. Rooms for one, two, or three people....
"… Surf, windsurf, kite surf, sailing, kayaking, microlight flight, jogging, horse riding, safaris, sea faris, grottoes trips, fun parks, water parks, big game fishing, dolphin watching and much more!! Our team has experience in promoting accommodation and working with tourists who enjoy outdoor and sportive activities, such as Surf in the West Coast and much more. Check details with us when you arrive for the check-in. Portugal...
"… internet area (free for all residents). Our whole building is WiFi if you want to use your laptops etc. At the rear of the house is our roof terrace, with lots of communal lounges, Barbeque area, shady areas to chill out on hot sunny days and a funky arabian fountain! all this and a view over the rooftops of the old town. Downstairs we have One Fat Monkey Diner, great food from 8am till late. All residents recieve $ One Million...
Casa do Sol Algarve
"… Doca Pesca, the fruit and fish markets, and the many monuments that the city offers. It has also a very varied and colorful shopping area. But are its beaches, with its water sports, such as surfing, sailing, and some aerial stunts makes the delights of the outmost adventurer. There are lots of restaurants with dishes for all tastes. Lagos is a beautiful city of Algarve that gives to visitors an intense experience of summer...
The Stumble Inn
"The Stumble Inn is a privately run backpacker hostel is owned by alternative lifestylers who know just about all there is to know about all aspects of life in Lagos, especially partying, so it is very much aimed at beach and partying travelers. It has a somewhat boutique feeling, as it accommodates under thirty guests, so if you are keen, make sure you book ahead. Conversely, this is probably not the best location for those seeking peace and...
"… utopia - a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. A Fusion of Funk & Feng-shui A Blend of Buddha & Bass Beats A Mix of Manners & Madness Everything is Possible The Shangri-Way!!! At Shangri-Lagos, our aim is to provide you with a place that you can call home. We offer an environment where you can relax and take some time away from the hardships of travelling. Snuggled in the vibrant heart of the old city...
Cloud 9 Hostel
"… everyday.We provide free linen and towels. At the top floor we have a wide terrace where our guests can enjoy the great surrounding view of the sea/city, in the morning you can enjoy the best sunrise in the city! At the 2nd floor of our hostel we provide a wide common area with cable TV, games, books, movies, free wi fi Internet access, full kitchen. Around the common area we have a terrace with a great sea/city view. We have 24...
Algarve Surf Hostel
"98% - Loved this hostel! Staff were very friendly and interactive with all guests. Very clean rooms and common area. Quick and easy walk into town and has a supermarket seconds away. Staff organise bbq and other events during the week which helps all guests to meet each other. Definitely recommend!" … "… who like to party but also mix it up with all the other activities and qualities Lagos has to offer. Our staff are always...
"… What makes JJs Yard different is that you get the freedom to be yourself in your own space, meet new people and enjoy what Lagos has to offer. Check us out watch the link below! At JJs yard you will meet travellers, build friendships and also get to meet the owners Jay and J Lorena, who are always happy to give out information on kayak trips, surf trips, water sports, booze cruise's and much more. We give you the freedom to get...
"… with the Algarve Surf School and will be happy to organise surf day trips or any other activities Lagos has to offer. Lagos is a bit of a life changing place and staying at The Shelter will make your experience even more unforgettable! Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 13:00 to 22:30 . (if...
Ocean View Accommodation in Lagos
"Home away from home - We loved out 9 night stay with Miguel and his family. We originally booked only 3 nights, but stayed on for another 6 and simply relaxed by their pool, soaking in the sun, reading, playing games and enjoying their beautifully catered meals. Definitely choose the 5 Euro family style dinners with deliciously sweet desserts. You never go hungry here! 2nds and 3rds yum yum yum. There is also a bar with very good and cheap...
Big Chill Beach Hostel
"Big Chill Hostel is a nice place to stay in Lagos, with a perfect location, a friendly staff, and a generally family feel. Although it's likely better to visit in summer due to weather, it is still beautiful no matter what time of year. The hostel is really a place where it feels possible to take a rest and -- as the name says -- chill! Also, the price is reasonable considering the amazing location. The Location The location of the...
JJs Yard 2
"… YARD 2 Guesthouse for 14 guest 2 Private rooms (2 single beds that can be put together to make a double) 1 Mixed Dorm for 4 (2 bunk beds) 2 Mixed Dorm for 3 (1 bunk bed 1 single bed) JJs Yard facilities: Fridges, washing machine Cutlery available free of charge Use of microwave, kettle and toaster Bathroom hot showers 24hrs Balcony area to chill out and enjoy the weather An eating and chilling out area for our guest to enjoy We...
BlueMoon Hostel Lagos
"… Patio where you can relax and enjoy the sun You have at your disposal, in our Lounge room comfy sofas, several poufs, internet access , a large TV with cable connection where you can watch your favorite movies. plus Free Wi-Fi internet all around the hostel. We book: - Water Parks - Sea Kayak Tours - Surf Tours - Bike Tours Our friendly staff will help you with everything you need such as Bus or Train Schedules Where to eat,...
Old Town Lagos Hostel
"… the hostel. - Sea Kayak Tours - Surf Tours - Bike Tours - Wii Games tournaments ( with special awards ). Our friendly and experienced staff will help you with everything you need such as transport information and how to spend a great time in Lagos, plus special information on events or secrets that we only know. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 2 days before the arrival Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash only Check In:...
"… are included in the price – please do not bring sleeping bags with you. We have great shared common areas and a kitchen where you can enjoy our free breakfast and prepare your own food and hang out with other guests; alternatively you can get out into the garden and get your tan on, cool down in the pool or just have a lazy day in a hammock. ACCOMMODATION We have private twin rooms with 2 single beds in each, shared dorm rooms...
Taghostel - For Travellers & Surfers
"… Marina and Beach view. Here you can find spacious and comfortable rooms divided in, private rooms, shared rooms (with 1, 2 or 3 bunk beds per room) and a beautiful Attic, with 6 beds just for girls. In the second floor we have a common living room with Cable TV and a big breakfast table. This hostel has 8 bathrooms (with a total of 13 showers and 9 toilets). We have also a big patio with Beach View. Here you will have a lot of...
Central Guesthouse Lagos
"… by our local partnerships available to water parks, boat, surf and kayak trips, fishing and scuba diving, grotto trips, bikes, motorbikes and car tours. For all this, to enjoy the beaches or to live the fun of a good time you can rely on the new Central Guesthouse, the right place for your unforgettable holidays at Lagos, The Algarve pearl. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late...
"… and 1 single, its own kitchen and shower toilet. 1st Floor Here we have 2 private room, also has fully fitted kitchen and shower toilet max people 4. 2nd Floor We have a dorm of 5 bunk beds also with fully fitted kitchen and shower toilet. JRs Crib Facilities Fridges, washing machine Cutlery available free of charge Use of microwave, kettle and orange juice maker Bathroom hot showers 24hrs Balcony area to chill out and enjoy the...
"… in young people is not advised for children and the elderly because it has some stairs and can be tricky to mobility of them. We try to always have someone from the staff at Hostel for any eventuality. There is no curfew being imposed. Be happy and have fun We have four rooms with total capacity of eighteen people. Room # 1 - three bunk beds for six people shared bathroom. Bedroom # 2 - two bunk beds for four people shared...
casa do sol Algarve
"… Marina, the Doca Pesca, the fruit and fish markets, and the many monuments that the city offers. It has also a very varied and colorful shopping area. But are its beaches, with its water sports, such as surfing, sailing, and some aerial stunts makes the delights of the outmost adventurer. There are lots of restaurants with dishes for all tastes. Lagos is a beautiful city of Algarve that gives to visitors an intense experience of...
Lagos Central Hostel
"… have a kitchen at their disposal with all the facilities for cooking, drinking tea,coffee or a cold drink. The guests can use washing machine at the terrace to do laundry. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in from 14:00 to 00:00 . Check out from 09:00 to 12:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards,...
Rua Candido Dos Reis 73
Quinta do Alto - Surf & Guesthouse
Urbanização Atalaia Sol, Lote 2
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Hostel Caza de São Gonçalo
"… more secret beaches you can explore at low tide. meia praia is a 5km long open beach close by, Porto do mos, Praia do Camilo, Praia dona ana and more all there for you. enough beaches to go to a different one every day! Cabo sao Vicente (cape st. Vincent) is a half hour drive from our lagos hostel, where people used to think the world ended.... of course that seems silly now that we know the world is flat. monchique is about 45...
Lagos Escape Hostel
"Strongly recommended - This hostel has its magic! It is located in the heart of the lovely town of Lagos. Place is very clean, beds are comfortable, there are lockers in the room as well. Common room is very nice and big terrace is jackpot! Don't miss the best breakfast in the world, they serve loads of diverse food. Hostel staff is very kind and helpful. And on top of everything staying there is cheap." … "Great place to stay - The...
Jah-Shaka Surf Villa
"… just the sun, Jah Shaka Surf Camp is an ideal escape. Ideally positioned by Portugal's world class surf, we have something to suit every surfer and non surfer too. The great value, laid back atmosphere, and location just 10 minutes outside Lagos centre means you can really unwind and relax whilst still being close to the vibrant nightlife that Lagos has to offer. Our packages have been created with the aim of offering the perfect...
Casa Offshore Surf & KiteSurf Lodge
"… only This stylish and comfortable property offers a double bedroom with en-suite, twin room with en-suite, both with their own access to the garden. The shared room sleeps four in bunk accommodation with shower room next door. The Dorm has its own private access and en-suite shower room; this sleeps five in single beds over 2 floors. We also specialise in inclusive surf n stay and kite camp packages as well as organising...
The Hen House
"… traveler princesses. With full length mirrors, fluffy towels and the scent of freshly cut flowers filling the air, the Henhouse offers the perfect atmosphere for our lovely ladies to feel refreshed and comfortable! Nested in a central location in the cobbled streets of the historic old town, guests can easily explore the charming boutiques, cafes and eateries. The stunning beaches for which Lagos is famous are just a short 5...
Quinta dos Caracois
"… hob, oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine and are open-plan to a spacious dinning area, which has access through double glazed patio doors to a private terrace. Lounge areas are well furnished and incorporate satellite TV, CD/radio cassette player and an open fireplace, in which a “real” log fire can be enjoyed during the cooler months. Double glazed patio doors slide open giving access to the private terrace equipped with outside...
Cerro das Mós 58
"… grass which gives you the opportunity to have a great breakfast or even a great meal in the sun! There are 3 supermarkets nearby. The coast here is a pretty mix of tiny coves, caves, grottoes and weird rock formations. Try the lovely cove at Praia do Pinhao and the outstandingly picturesque Praia Dona Ana. The main Lagos beach is the magnificent Meia Praia to the east: a long wide well-equipped stretch of sand and shingle....
Canavial I & II Studios
"… a cot or a camp bed (suitable for children aged 1-12) and private bathroom, hairdryer, a kitchenette, fridge, individually regulated air conditioning and safety box (extra charge). There are garden views from the balcony or terrace.”Studios 3 People” has capacity for 3 adults. All studios have Internet access, a bath or shower, a 2-ring cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, tea/coffee maker, satellite and local TV. Check-In after...
Vila Graciosa Guesthouse
"… around the beautiful coastline or countryside. Massages can also be arranged upon request. Vila Graciosa Guesthouse is comprised of self contained apartments as well as private rooms. All apartments have a bedroom, living room/kitchen, and an en suite bathroom. Some flats sleep 2 people, others 3 or4. All flats come with a security locker. Some flats have air con. Cleaning and towels are changed every other day. Ideal for...
"… Apartments (Maximum 3 people): 1 Bedroom (double or twin); Living room; Bathroom; Kitchenette equipped with: fridge/freezer, electric hob, microwave, toaster, filter coffee machine, cutlery, plates, glasses, pans, frying pan…; Television; Security Safe; Direct Dial telephone; Terrace . T2 Apartments - Two Bedroom Apartment (Maximum 6 people):2 Bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin); Living room; Bathroom; Kitchenette equipped with:...
Marina Park 201
"… 116 m2 area. It has a big lounge, two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one of them en-suite) and the kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, oven, washing and dish washing machines and microwave. The living room has TV with cable and a mini hi-fi set. It also has a very nice terrace which gives you the opportunity to have a great breakfast or even a great meal in the sun! Please note: Cancellation Policy: 72h before the...
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Lagos Travel Tips & Suggestions
Lagos is outrageous. I went summer of '06 for two weeks and ended up there for one month. You have to go.
Lagos is amazing. A friend and I were supposed to stay in Lagos for maybe three or four days and ended up staying for the rest of our trip in Portugal. You just don't want to leave because it is tons of fun. The beaches are gorgeous. You can take a boat ride to the grottoes and swim inside the caves. You also have a great nightlife with tons of fun people! So if you are traveling to Lagos, make sure it's the last place you're going to visit because you will not want to leave!
This place is amazing. I went for three days and ended up staying for two weeks. Stay at the Rising Cock or the Camel Toe. It’s been a few months since I went and I still think about it every day. Check out Joe’s Garage, it’s the best bar in town. And if you have the time, the booze cruise that is run by Joe’s Garage is a must -- it’s worth every penny.
I went to Lagos in July 2005. The town is fantastic with loads of great bars and restarants. I also went to Casa Rosa, the food is so good and so cheap.
This town is a must for anyone passing thorugh southern Spain or Portugal. The beaches are the most beautiful you'll ever see. The partying is also amazing. Try and come early in the summer or the spring. The crowds will be smaller, the weather warm but not too hot, and prices lower. Try and eat at Casa Rosa's, dirt cheap food, that is SO good. There is also a Prtugese place that serves HUGE servings for a decent price. I can't remember the name but ask a local, they'll hook you up. Also, do a Grotto tour. Definitely worth the 10 euros. The further you walk along the coast, the more deserted and beautiful the beaches become. Be warned, those who come to Lagos do NOT want to leave.
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